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Sometimes a party calls for chips, dip and beer; but sometimes the occasion demands carefully arranged Bresaola and Pear Rolls alongside pitchers of Blood Orange Campari Soda. For the latter, this short collection of party foods (or "small bites") offers dozens of intriguing ideas. Sicilian Artichoke Bottoms with Provolone and Capers zing with the brightness of lemon and mint, while Crispy Chorizo Quesadillas with Guacamole are deliciously gooey, a perfect foil for cocktails. Although most of the recipes in this volume are glamorous, they are written carefully enough for even a novice party host to follow. For instance, the subtle Chocolate Frangelico Pudding with Hazelnuts is perfect for a Valentine's Day feast, and requires approximately ten minutes of foolproof work. Cardamom-Poached Apricots with Mascarpone and Pistachios demands just a bit more time, while lending a delicious Mideastern flair to a summer gathering. Best of all, the author knows that even hosts with the best intentions can run out of time before a party, so she offers a reassuring list of "buy and arrange ideas" such as Marinated Anchovies and Pan-Friend Padron Peppers. With so many appealing choices, each gorgeously photographed, this cookbook itself is an excuse to throw a party.
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Jennifer Joyce has traveled the world in search of new ideas and recipes. For the last 10 years she has been teaching her simple-to-make dishes to Londoners and is the author of two books, The Well Dressed Salad and Diva Cooking: Unashamedly Glamorous Party Food .
This is the third book I ordered to get ideas for catering. Great buy!Published 1 month ago by Irene Von
Loved this book. Everything I have made from it has come out well. Many of the recipes can easily be adapted to create a family meal rather than the small bite presentation. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Think Banned Thoughts
I have lots of parties and need new recipes, but I found this book rather boring, and I didn't want to make any of the recipes in the book.Published 19 months ago by Amused and Horrified
I liked the recipes,lots of variety, i liked all the pictures, and I liked the 'Quick Hints" pages. It's a small easy "go to book.Published on July 21, 2013 by Cheryl Zeyher
So far the recipes are 1 for 3. I love cooking, but many of these recipes require a lot of work for average tasting food. The last week I finally found one recipe I was happy with. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Amalia